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150630 Cauliflower dish

Cauliflower with hazelnut, burnt butter, reggiano and truffle

Serves 6


  • Dehydrated cauliflower

    2 large cauliflower florets
    Vegetable oil for deep frying

    Cauliflower and truffle puree

    4 diced shallot
    2 sliced garlic cloves
    4 thyme sprigs
    2 bay leaves
    2 litres of milk
    10 grams black truffle
    Salt and pepper

    Parmesan custard

    150 grams Parmeggiano Reggiano
    250 ml water
    250 ml milk
    4 egg yolks

    Powdered burnt butter

    1 cup salted butter
    Tapioca Maltodextrin

    To finish and serve

    ½ cup roasted hazelnuts
    Fresh black truffle
    250 gram cauliflower florets
    Clarified butter
    Salt and pepper


Dehydrated cauliflower

Steam the cauliflower florets for 8 minutes then refresh in iced water. When completely chilled, slice the florets lengthways 1mm thick with a Japanese mandolin, lay the cauliflower slivers on dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 6 hours at 55°c.

If you don’t have a dehydrator – lay the cauliflower slivers on a tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven on it’s lowest setting until crisp. Heat the vegetable oil to 170°c and fry the dried cauliflower slivers a few at a time until puffed and golden. Season with sea salt and set aside.

Cauliflower and truffle puree

Sauté the garlic, shallot, bay leaf and thyme in the butter over medium to low heat until soft. Add the cauliflower and pour over enough milk to cover the cauliflower.

Season and reduce heat to low and simmer until cauliflower is soft, about 20 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and discard the thyme and bay leaves, blitz using a thermomix or a stick blender adding a little of the cooking liquid as you go to achieve a smooth consistency.

When you’ve reached the desired consistency, add the fresh truffle and continue to blitz until completely incorporated.

Check seasoning and set aside.

Parmesan custard

Combine the milk, parmesan and water in a thermomix and mix on speed 4 temperature 60 for 10 minutes. Blend for a few minutes on maximum speed until completely incorporated. Add the egg yolks and continue to blend on high speed and increase the temperature to 80°c. Continue to blend for 5 minutes. At this stage the parmesan custard will have appeared to split and curdled, never fear. Refrigerate the parmesan custard until completely chilled and then return to the thermomix and blend on high until the custard is velvety and smooth.

Place in a piping bag and set aside.

Burnt butter powder

Burn the butter by placing in a small saucepan over high heat until the butter starts to caramelise. Strain the burnt butter and set aside to cool. When completely cool, start incorporating the maltodextrin to absorb the oil. Keep adding maltodextrin, whisking constantly until the powder is light and fluffy.

To finish

Sauté the remaining 250 gram of cauliflower florets in clarified butter over medium to low heat, stirring occasionally. Season as you go and when the cauliflower is soft and caramelised. Place a spoonful of cauliflower puree in the centre of a bowl, scatter the caramelised cauliflower over the puree, arrange a few slices of fried cauliflower on top and a few roasted hazelnuts. Pipe a few large dollops of parmesan custard around the cauliflower pieces, sprinkle over the burnt butter snow and finish with a few chervil sprigs and the freshly shaved black truffle.

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Actually… It was perfect.

Disturbance, expanse and reverberation

Echoes in memory, object and earth

Swarm Trap

Tim Jarvis: 25zero

Suzi McKinnon and Jai Tongbor

Adam and Amy Coombes

Sam and Claire Johnson

The daily rituals of Matt and Lentil

New rituals for play

The daily rituals of others (part two)

The ritual of limbering up

The daily ritual of long walks

Oyster dressing with guanciale with piquillo peppers, basil and chilli

How to make toys from trash

How to make camp furniture

Diverse. Delicious. Durif.

WHEN Saturday 27 August from 7PM to 10PM
WHERE Mosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar

Muscat Mixology

WHEN Friday 26th August 6PM to 9PM
WHERE The Mosaic room at Monster kitchen and bar

Dance Party with CSO

WHEN Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 August in the PM
WHERE Nishi Playhouse (aka the Fix and Make shed - up the grand stair to the left behind the pink door)

A History of the World in 100 Objects

WHEN From Friday 9 September until Sunday 29 January
WHERE National Museum of Australia

The Salt Room: Poetry As Dissent

WHEN Friday 22 July from 7.30PM to 10.30PM
WHERE Gorman Arts Centre in the Gorman Main Hall

Lawrence Leung: Very Strange Things

WHEN Friday 5 August and Saturday 6 August at 8PM
WHERE The Street Theatre

The beginning of genius is being scared shitless. ― Louis-Ferdinand Céline


The home of the future

Thomas Thwaites did some thinking about the ‘home of the future’. He began with a classic futurism technique of deciding upon two factors, then imagining each factor changing to different extremes.

Thomas Thwaites did some thinking about the 'home of the future'. He began with a classic futurism technique of deciding upon two factors, then imagining each factor changing to different extremes.


Scenario one: ‘Current Trends’… Less equality and better infrastructure

So a lot has happened over the course of twenty years, some of it good, some of it not so good, some of it tragic, most of it pretty unpredictable. But, you’re still here, living life, on your way back to your place at the end of quite a long day.

Daily Rituals by Jessica Tremp

Photography by Jessica Tremp at Hotel Hotel.

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Perfect Imperfect exhibition. Photographed by Sharyn Cairns.

Actually… It was perfect.

It’s funny that an exhibition celebrating imperfection was in fact rather perfect. Let’s blame the eyes of Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Probstel for that.

We partnered with them to make the exhibition ‘Perfect Imperfect’ which ran from the 28th April to the 8th May in the Nishi Gallery. Conceptually, the exhibition was conceived to spring from the pages of a new book by the same name by the above mentioned trio. The physical experience of exhibition was like being lost inside the book’s pages – inside a world of mutability, of decay, of irregularity, of accident, of chance – in the most wondrous way.

Perfect Imperfect exhibition. Photographed by Sharyn Cairns.

There were more than 50 objects collected from 26 artists from all over the world. The elusive Alison Coates hung a central, folded, kelp-like work accompanied by sculptures of bone, wood and rock. Jacqui Fink showed several works from her series of extreme knitting experiments. The most impressive was the oversized wall hanging made from the fleece of a 700 strong flock of sheep. The wool was naturally coloured, cut into wide sheets, felted and arm stitched (yes arm stitched) to form a yarn, and then knitted one very large stitch at a time.

Perfect Imperfect exhibition. Photographed by Sharyn Cairns.

James Shaw and Marjan Van Aubel ‘Well Proven Chair’ celebrated the role of accident; its unusual texture the result of wood shavings from the factory floor combining with a bio resin overnight.

The gallery space was filled with a collection of wonky, crackly, broken, warped, uneven table objects from artists including Simon Hasan, Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis, Harriet Goodall, Nectar Efkarpidis, Alana Wilson and Julian Watts.

Perfect Imperfect exhibition. Photographed by Sharyn Cairns.

Perfect Imperfect exhibition. Photographed by Sharyn Cairns.

The show was stitched together by a collection of large format photographs by Sharyn Cairns of interiors, objects and old and new buildings expressing the perfect imperfect ideal.

So many curious people came along. After the opening, we got to know each other over dinner at Monster kitchen and bar. Like I said. Perfect.



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PB Celestino

Disturbance, expanse and reverberation

An excerpt from the essay ‘Disturbance, expanse and reverberation’ written by Dan Rule, published in the book ‘Surface Phenomena’ (Perimeter Editions, 2016) by Bartolomeo Celestino.

Melbourne’s Perimeter Books is holding a one-day art book shop in our Hotel Hotel library on Saturday 16 July from 10AM to 5PM. Warwick will be there for a chat and to sign this new book.

Bartolomeo Celestino has been returning to a particular section of Sydney’s coastal fringe – atop an otherwise unremarkable set of cliffs in the eastern suburb of Bronte – day after day, year after year, to undertake the protracted task of setting up his 8×10 large-format camera and training his lens downward to the fierce waters below.

There is little in the way of compositional logic or cues that inform the resulting photographs; the Canberra-born, Sydney-based photographer simply directs his camera down toward the impact zone and opens the shutter. The horizon, the land or any other contextual details are absent; the ocean is everything and everywhere. But while the tumultuous, violent body of water that pervades these images has become a site of fascination and a subject of visual research for Celestino, it is his almost religious sense of process and relentlessness of endeavour – his incessant want to return, reset and repeat – that defines and underpins his wider project. These images are photographs of a thrashing ocean, but oceanic or coastal photography they most certainly are not.

These works defy their lurking tropes and resist their constituent factors. The mass of turbulence and white water and the deft flashes of calm that these photographs describe occupy a fundamentally different formal and conceptual space to the iconography of the Australian coast. On the one level, we might turn to the mercurial levels of texture and detail that flood Celestino’s visual language. But on another, his mode of practice might just as proficiently be read through the late Modernist prism of seriality (or perhaps even the monomaniacal). We can only begin to approach an understanding of the nature of our chosen subject through a process of assiduous repetition…

Without the luxury of context – without foreground and horizon – Celestino’s images become loaded with formal, allegorical and interpretive potential. These colour fields might read as undulating lunar surfaces or glaciers lurching and cracking amidst the throes of an increasingly extreme seasonal melt. Another appraisal rises from Celestino’s particular photographic vantage in itself. That our gaze is perpetually pointed downward begins to invoke ideas brought to light by contemporary artists like Mishka Henner and Hito Steyerl, whose exploration of the new visual paradigm afforded by satellite imagery services like Google Earth has prefaced a new – and particularly harrowing – way of observing the world. As suggested in Steyerl’s now famed essay ‘In Free Fall’ and Henner’s meticulously stitched-together Google Earth images, this new perspective is one of someone falling downward. The horrors and turmoil of the Anthropocene rise into view as we hurtle towards the ground. Perched atop the Bronte cliffs, Celestino also positions us at the precipice of this new visuality.

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Echoes in memory, object and earth

An excerpt from the essay ‘Echoes in memory, object and earth’ by Dan Rule, published in the book ‘Belanglo’ (Perimeter Editions, 2015) by Warwick Baker.

Melbourne’s Perimeter Books is holding a one-day art book shop in our Hotel Hotel library on Saturday 16 July from 10AM to 5PM. Warwick will be there for a chat and to sign this new book.

The Belanglo State Forest spans some 3800 hectares of undulating land amidst the Southern Highlands of New South Wales in south-eastern Australia. Set three kilometres to the west of the Hume Highway, around 90 minutes south of Sydney by car, the forest comprises vast plantations of radiata pines ringed by stretches of dense native bushland, rocky cliffs and valleys. It is a popular site for various recreational endeavours, and people from the nearby towns of Berrima, Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong use the forest for camping, hiking, trail bike riding and four-wheel driving…

The ground is uneven and rough underfoot. Dried leaves and twigs crackle with every step. A large branch lies slumped amidst knots of shrubs and stooped foliage. We make it to a small clearing that leads to one of the sites. A recently discarded Coke can has been left lying in the dust, uncrushed and perfectly formed. There is evidence of a campfire nearby – a crude arrangement of rocks and scattered fragments of charcoal half-buried in the dirt…

Writing on the ‘horror stretch’ – a notorious length of the Bruce Highway in the Central Queensland hinterland – in his book Seven Versions of an Australian Badland, Ross Gibson forwards the notion of landscape as “an ever-assembling mosaic of cultural artefacts, relics and stories that people have left on and in the ground”. To Gibson, the badland functions as an accumulation of geographical, historical, psychological and mythological constituents.

It is generative and self-fulfilling in its modes and mannerisms – “a paradoxically real and fantastic location where malevolence is simply there partly because it has long been imagined there”. The badland’s burden is an internal one. It disturbs us into identifying the histories that “we wish we could deny, ignore or forget”.

The Belanglo State Forest gained international notoriety as a result of the so-called ‘backpacker murders’ in the 1990s, considered one of Australia’s worst serial killings. In 1996, Ivan Milat, who lived in the outer southern Sydney suburb of Eagle Vale and whose family owned property near Belanglo, was convicted of the murders of seven young travellers, many of whom had been hitchhiking from Liverpool in Sydney’s western suburbs. He was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences. The partially buried remains of Milat’s victims – who were of German, British and Australian descent – were discovered in heavy bushland within the Belanglo State Forest between 1992 and 1993. The horrific details of the case have been widely publicised throughout the Australian and international news media, and the Belanglo name has, for many, become irrevocably tied to notions of violence and trauma.

Boulders begin to interrupt the sandy earth as we walk deeper. The distant rumble of logging trucks can be heard. There are tyre tracks that come to a halt at the foot of a banksia, a short walk from the fire trail. A casing for a boxcutter blade lies nearby. The landscape becomes abstract, as if a throng of disparate signals. It is oddly, inexplicably tense.

Warwick Baker’s photographs from in and around the Belanglo State Forest point towards our cultural and discursive deficiencies in dealing with the psychological, historical and emotional burden that such a space invokes. More than four years in the making, the project is a photographic meditation on sites of trauma and the psychological and historical resonances of landscape and place, whether imbedded, incurred, implied or imagined.

Baker’s use of aerial photographs, hand-held medium format images, large-format landscapes and still-life photographs imparts this body of work with a forensic, evidentiary and speculative tenor, making use of both traditional documentary techniques and a more lateral and experimental approach befitting the expanded conventions of the ‘new documentary’ movement. His work should also be considered for its engagement, reflection and rethinking of elements of the Australian Gothic, in both the genre’s historical and pop-cultural articulations…

But like much of Baker’s oeuvre – including his portraits, for which he has garnered significant acclaim – these images possess an extraordinary lightness of touch and sensitivity in their thematic wrangling. His perspective and approach to his subject sidles and subtly eschews a conventional photographic vantage and bearing. Recognisable iconography is of little interest, and his defiantly understated photographs elicit the double take. These are familiar images, made ever so faintly strange.

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160520_Sibling Swarm Trap CR Janelle Low

Swarm trap made by Sibling shot by Janelle Low

Swarm Trap

‘Swarm Trap’ is an exhibition of conceptual and functional architectural objects made for one of the planet’s more important species – bees.

Curated by MANY MANY and Honey Fingers, it opens at the Nishi Gallery in Canberra on Thursday 30 June at 6PM in collaboration with Hotel Hotel.

Swarming is the natural reproductive process of the European honey bee (Apis mollifier) super-organism.

The goal of a swarm of bees is to establish a new colony in a new home. The queen bee leaves the hive with about half of the worker bees, her daughters, swarming around her. Meanwhile, in the hive they left behind, a newly hatched queen is born and the cycle of life continues.

The goal of a swarm trap is to catch swarms before the bees set up shop in an inappropriate place and the pest exterminator is called in. Catching a swarm encourages sustainable, backyard beekeeping – the more bees under loving management in backyards the better these precious pollinators will be positioned to handle the looking threat of the varroa mite (Varroa destructor) and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Australia is currently varroa and CCD free. Here, we are experiencing a golden age of beekeeping. The 12 objects exhibited are tributes to this good fortune, to honey bees and to sustainable, small-scale beekeeping.

After the exhibition the swarm traps will be installed in the city, suburbs and bush between Canberra and Melbourne in the Spring of 2016.

‘Swarm Trap’ includes works by

Beci Orpin
Ben Blakebrough
Field Experiments
Honey Fingers
Loose Leaf
Madeleine Mills
Nicholas Ashby
Pam Studio x Honey Fingers
Soft Baroque

We’ll see you there.

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Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis: 25zero

Originally written by Emma McRae for our friends over at Assemble Papers.

As an environmental maverick, Tim Jarvis is a busy man. If he’s not undertaking expeditions to the North or South Pole, completing the first unsupported crossing of the Great Victorian Desert, or building an exact replica of the James Caird lifeboat to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 voyage, he can be found doing public speaking tours across the US, promoting his books or documentaries, or working as what he calls “a sustainability innovator” for Arup projects.

Tim Jarvis on South Georgia crossing during the Shackleton Epic in 2013. Jarvis and his team sailed a replica James Caird lifeboat 1500km across the Southern Ocean from Antartica to South Georgia before climbing its mountainous interior using 1916-era equipment, clothing and technology. Photo by Paul Larsen.

When Jarvis undertakes a new project, you can be sure it will not be easy. Most recently, Jarvis has been working around the clock on his latest major expedition and global environmental campaign, 25zero. For 25zero, he has organised teams of adventurers to climb the 25 mountains near the equator that still have glaciers. The project takes its name from those mountains and the fact that in 25 years, due to human-induced climate change, those glaciers will no longer exist.

The project launched during COP21, the UN’s pivotal international climate conference that took place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015 [at the time of writing, a universal agreement on climate change was adopted by 195 nations – an accord not without its challenges, but landmark nonetheless – AP ed.]. Day one of the conference saw Jarvis and his team (which includes Scottish producer, director and camera operator Ed Wardle, mountain leader chief instructor for the UK Royal Marines Barry ‘Baz’ Gray, and Singaporean adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow) standing at the summit of Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia, beaming images and video of the two glaciers (Carstensz Glacier and East Northwall Firn) around the world. Simultaneously, a joint British–Kenyan team were climbing Mount Kenya; a team organised by Melbourne-based Intrepid Travel (which includes Peter Holmes à Court and his wife, renowned photographer Alissa Everett) climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; and a secondary-school team from Colegio Anglo Colombiano (including students, teachers and climbing instructors) climbed Nevado del Tolima in Colombia. In all, six mountains were climbed over the 12 days of the conference. “The intention,” Jarvis says, “is to light a fire so the other 19 will be climbed over time. And that gives us the opportunity to really turn 25zero into a movement.”

Tim Jarvis at the summit of Carstensz Pyramid, which reaches an altitude of nearly 5000m in the central western highlands province of Papua, Indonesia. Photo by Ed Wardle/25zero.

25zero has been forming in Jarvis’s mind for over two years. “The genesis of the idea came when I was down in the sub-Antarctic, crossing the island of South Georgia, which is the place Shackleton escaped to when his ship was crushed in the ice.” Climbing those same mountains, the last leg of the Shackleton journey, was something of a personal test for Jarvis, who undertook the Shackleton Epic fuelled by a desire for self-knowledge that he finds through pushing himself beyond his known limits. His expeditions, books and films also serve, of course, to promote his endless passion for the environment. As he climbed the same mountains as Shackleton, Jarvis too had to cross a number of massive glaciers, each several kilometres wide. To his dismay, Jarvis found that the third glacier was now a lake – it had since melted. “I remember thinking at the time [that] it’s such a powerful, visual indicator of an otherwise very intangible problem.”

A crisp panorama from an ice cave under Margherita Glacier, Mount Stanley, Uganda. Photo by Ed Wardle/25zero.

We humans are evidence-based creatures. For many who live in cities, well-protected from the most dramatic effects of climate change, the urgent realities of our changing environment can seem remote in both consideration and care. Says Jarvis, “The problem with climate change is that you can’t see, taste or smell carbon and for most people it’s too remote and invisible. The problem with the Arctic and the Antarctic is there’s just too much residual snow around and it masks, superficially, the evidence of what’s going on. In the tropics, there is no residual ice and snow around, apart from the ice in these glaciers. Everything else around is either green or brown. So [glacial melt] really stands out very clearly.” Jarvis was driven to do something of profound impact during COP21 that would draw attention to the global effects of climate change. By using these glaciers to illustrate those effects, the project also highlights the fact that many of the worst effects of climate change will be felt in these equatorial regions where, by 2050, approximately five of the estimated nine billion people inhabiting the planet will live.

For the local communities living at the foot of these mountains, like the Dani tribe of the Indonesian province of Papua, or the Bakonzo people in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda, the effects of climate change are much more tangible. In preparation for 25zero, Jarvis and his team worked closely with these local communities. The locals, who know their mountains intimately (the Bakonzo porters are descendants of the porters who assisted the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906, the first time the mountain was climbed), have provided guidance and route-finding, and are leading 25zero teams to the base of each mountain.

Jarvis near the glacial edge of the Antarctic during the ‘Mawson Expedition’ (2007). The uncertain state of the Antarctic served as inspiration for the later 25zero project.

Jarvis lives in South Australia – a state that, on a sunny, windy day, can get 100% of its energy from renewables. This is incredibly impressive in a country that, as Jarvis puts it, “has been a bit tardy on uptake of renewables”. The South Australian government has contributed financially to 25zero, and with this support, Jarvis really wants the project to bring awareness to people not already engaged with the concerns of climate change. “There’s plenty of preaching to the converted that goes on in the environment movement, so the idea is to try and spread [the message] more widely.” In order to do so, significant time and vision have gone into working out how to communicate with the greatest impact and speed. The climbing teams are using the Inmarsat system to show the conditions at each of the summits through images and video posted on the project website, YouTube and other social media platforms; they also record blog entries that show their location on the 3D geo-referenced maps of each mountain. Jarvis hopes that by circulating tangible and striking visual evidence of the effects of climate change rather than pure data, statistics and opinions, 25zero will combine solid information with emotional incentive – the balance needed to motivate people to take action.

During COP21 and beyond, actively involving the public is a major tenet of 25zero. Anyone who feels up to the challenge can participate in the climbs, either by contacting Jarvis and joining one of the official climbing teams (Jarvis says some of the climbs are technically challenging, “but there’s a good 15 or 16 that most people with some good fitness could have a crack at”), or by downloading the custom-built app and doing an equivalent climb in their own local area. “The app will allow people to climb the hill in the Dandenong Ranges or in the Blue Mountains or Mount Lofty with a team of one, two or four people and their iPhone [the app only works with iPhone 6 and above, which provides elevation support] will measure their altitude gain and keep a running tally of how many metres they’ve gone up. So they can virtually climb the mountains that we are actually climbing.” As you reach certain heights, the app provides information on flora and fauna at those altitudes, on the conditions of the glaciers and also lets people know what they can do, as individuals or as organisations, to take meaningful action. Participants are encouraged to ask friends and family to sponsor them to raise funds that go towards WWF-Australia’s (Jarvis is a global ambassador) climate change projects, some of which are not country-specific, but a certain proportion will support the local communities within the countries where 25zero mountains are situated.

Tim Jarvis with the wind in his sails during the gruelling Mawson expedition in 2007. Photo courtesy of Tim Jarvis.

So, 25zero is an expedition (or 25 expeditions) that is also a community-building project, an awareness-building project, climate change activism and, in the future, a documentary. While the project continues beyond the conclusion of the COP21 (Jarvis is adamant about the need for continued climate-awareness action into the future), his focus in the lead-up to the project was on the need for meaningful decisions to result from the COP21 talks. For Jarvis, this includes three main outcomes: a legally-binding agreement, meaningful percentage reductions in carbon emissions that will allow us to stick to two degrees Celsius of warming [the adopted Paris Agreement outlines a more ambitious goal: to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – AP ed.] and action plans to get us there. Jarvis is insistent that “pie-in-the-sky commitments without any tangible way of delivering them” are not enough. He asks: “How are we taking cars off the road? How are we encouraging electric vehicles? What about solar PV subsidies, what are we doing about renewables? Are we going to decommission any coal-fired power stations over and above the ones that are currently in the pipeline? What is the structural change to the electricity grid going to look like to allow us to deliver on these kinds of commitments? We need to see how these targets that our politicians blindly commit us to are going to be achieved.”

A folded limestone rock above Lake Lawson, Carstensz Pyramid, West Papua. Photo by 25zero.

Each year that passes without an international commitment to reduce CO2 emissions brings the deadline for restricting global warming to two degrees worryingly close. The melting of these 25 (plus other) glaciers contributes to rising sea levels (increasing the risk of island nations such as the Maldives and the Torres Strait Islands disappearing under water), changes salt levels in the oceans (affecting marine ecosystems and the survival of numerous marine organisms), affects the biodiversity of the regions surrounding the glaciers and reduces availability of freshwater (affecting farming and electricity).

But Jarvis, as always, is hopeful. Encouraged by a new political engagement with climate change in Australia, Jarvis wants to inspire people to take physical action by “using the technology that keeps people indoors to send them back outdoors”. 25zero has been planned and designed to offer people clear insight on how individual actions can contribute to collective solutions and action on climate change. The path ahead may be uphill, but Jarvis is determined to make it an adventure, inspiring people to climb mountains, even if, for most of us, it is only virtually. “Keep watching the website. And as we call in from the mountain, that’ll be me, as a little dot, hopefully near the summit, puffing and panting my way up the mountain.”


Thanks Assemble Papers for letting us steal your stories sometimes.

Find out more about the 25zero campaign at 25zero.com. And see where you can get your hands on the latest Assemble Papers print issue here (and we have some at the Hotel Hotel library).

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Oyster dressing with guanciale with piquillo peppers, basil and chilli

Makes 500 grams


  • 1 brown onion (diced)
    2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
    3 birds eye chillies (sliced)
    1 can piquillo peppers (strained and finely diced)
    200ml Oloroso sherry
    500g guanciale
    ½ bunch basil (finely sliced)


In a medium pot, on low, sauté your onions, garlic and chilli in a little vegetable oil.

Cook until the onions become translucent.

Add sherry and reduce until the liquid has almost all evaporated.

Add the peppers and simmer for five minutes.

Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Carefully slice the skin off the guanciale and finely dice (about 5mm thick).

In a small pan gently render the guanciale until the fat becomes translucent.

To serve place a small teaspoon of piquillo pepper on each oyster and top with warm guanciale and shredded basil, serve immediately.

Our head chef Dan says that really any oyster is good with this dressing but he likes Rusty Wire oysters from Moonlight Flat Oysters for this recipe because they have a nice robust flavour (and they are nice and big so you can put more on there).

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Getting on the Grass

Words by Bubble, images by Lee Grant.

I would have liked to put it down to something less superficial but in reality it was romance and good looks that got me interested in tennis.

Though I have known the basics of the game and how to use a racket since I was 12, it wasn’t until 2009, when a friend showed me a book by the French photographer Giasco Bertoli called 'Tennis Courts', that the beauty of the sport dawned on me. In it, Bertoli very simply presents empty courts from around the world; some still functioning and others abandoned, reclaimed by nature as weeds grow through their cracked surfaces and nets’ decay.

When that same friend of mine soon became a housemate we joined Bertoli in this aesthetic appreciation of the court, together taking evening walks through neighbourhoods, marvelling at the beauty of these sleepy sports grounds as they lay in waiting for the next game to be played. In 2013, at which point my friend and housemate had – yes, you might have guessed it – become my boyfriend, I returned the favour and gave him a copy of Bertoli’s second photographic series on tennis courts titled 'Tennis Courts II'. A day later we got engaged.

I’ve never been a good tennis player but I come from a family of them. My mum has played weekly social for as long as I can remember with her friends Joy, Rhonda and Jenny, which I've always thought are names amazingly suited to finger sandwiches and sponge cakes in clubhouses. My elder brother, probably the most talented in our family, reached the upper echelons of our local tennis club in his mid teens. His left handed-ness makes his game an elegant one to watch, which I would do from the sidelines as I was growing up. My fiancé it turns out was also a childhood tennis talent, at one point facing off in a doubles match with his dad against Nick and Mark Philippoussis that he won. It’s a small claim to fame but we take what we can get.

While I have an okay back hand, I can easily double fault my way through entire games and my forehand is so unreliable it’s infuriating. I also have a temper. When things aren’t going well, which they mostly aren’t, I whack balls and drop my racket on the ground, earning me the cute but annoying nickname “Little McEnroe.”

On the first Sunday of this year my fiancé and I unwrapped the rackets we’d bought for each other last Christmas and headed down to some local courts. There’s nothing worse than a couple who exercise together but here we were, ready to take our joined aesthetic appreciation of the game into a practical one.

Since then we’ve played every Sunday at a different court around the city on various types of grass, concrete and clay. Much of what I’ve learnt so far is quite dull and needs to be repeated at a rate that’s frustrating both for me and my fiancé-coach: “You need to be in the right position to hit a good shot, which is why you’re footwork is very important.” “Try and clip the back of the ball or ‘give it a hair cut’ rather than just whack it.” “Remember, the middle of the court is no man's land.” When things do click into place and I hit a good shot he gets excited, and so do I. “You’ve done a learn,” he says.

If I had to choose one word to describe tennis it would be “civil.” When my fiancé-coach explained that having two balls on you at the start of service was an act of politeness to the other player, I realised that in this game, while you’re trying to beat your opponent you’re also obliged to show them some respect. To just think about my needs during the game and not my opponents would be “uncivilised.”

I hope this will change with my fitness level, but what I most look forward to at our weekend tennis sessions is the end. We do a “civil” hand shake to say thank you for the match before gulping down some water. At this point I like to wander around and watch the end of the other games that all the while have been happening around us. The best are the retirees who always play doubles and have become so efficient at the game they barely take a few steps before lobbing the ball back to the other side. Like me, they come to this beautiful thing, the tennis court, not to perfect top spin or work the court but to hit a piece of rubber covered in felt with someone.

Reid Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Reid Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Reid Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Queanbeyan Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Queanbeyan Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Queanbeyan Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Queanbeyan Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
Queanbeyan Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
O'Connor Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
O'Connor Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant
O'Connor Tennis Club shot by Lee Grant

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Slip Lane

Love, loneliness and Gungahlin. An absurdist original play about loneliness and human connection set on the fringes of Canberra…

WHENThursday 28 to Saturday 30 July at 7.30PM and Sunday 31 July at 6.30PM
WHEREThe Street Theatre

Eat Drink

Scrambled eggs

Breaky at Monster

Monster has some new dishes on their breaky menu like Terra Preta truffled scrambled eggs on toast; and spelt and maple granola with roasted rhubarb, berries and whipped ricotta...

WHENOpen every day from 6.30AM
WHEREMonster kitchen and bar
COSTFrom $9


arbus twins

Diane Arbus – American portraits

The photographs of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) are powerful allegories of postwar America. Once seen they are rarely forgotten.

WHENUntil Sunday 30 October
WHERENational Gallery of Australia


Tough and Tender

Tough and Tender

Art by a group of American and Australian artists from the 1960s to now explore the complexities of personal relations and individual expression – their work is intimate and raw.

WHENFriday 15 July to Sunday 16 October
WHERENational Portrait Gallery


WO Free to Run

Stronger than Fiction

Canberra's own world class documentary film festival. Docos about equality, human rights, sustainability, refugees, disabilities, LGBT stories, technology in the modern world and music.

WHENThursday 28 to Sunday 31 July
WHEREPalace Electric Cinema

Art Walkabout


Within Without

A major Skyspace by American artist James Turrell. It's a beauty - a pyramid, a stupa, a viewing chamber, an offering to and from the sun gods.

WHENEvery day at sunset and sunrise
WHERENational Gallery of Australia



Southside Farmer’s Market

Fresh and seasonal produce that you get to buy directly from the region's farmers.

WHENEvery Sunday from 8AM to 11.30AM
WHERECIT Southside Campus, Phillip



Streets of Papunya

Works from the new generation of painters from the epicentre of Western Desert art.

WHENSunday 15 July until Sunday 14 August
WHEREDrill Hall Gallery, ANU


CMAG art Collection Canberra

Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963-2016

The first major survey of expressionist painter Michael Taylor’s works - paintings and drawings from six decades, sourced from major public and private collections throughout Australia.

WHENSaturday 9 July to Sunday 2 October



Jay Kochel avarice : auspice

Large, gold and inflatable, this ambitious project by Canberra artist, Jay Kochel, continues his exploration of the Japanese concept of ‘reading air’.

WHENUntil 18 September



Highway to the Wilderness

A solo exhibition by Canberra-based emerging artist Anja Loughhead.

WHENWednesday 13 July Sunday 31 July


Self portrait

Mysterious Eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits

In this focus exhibition Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his portraits of those around him.

WHENWednesday 4 May to Sunday 14 August
WHERENational Portrait Gallery
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This guy is a wrecking machine and he’s hungry!

Scottie came and took some pictures of our Apartments. He kept quoting 'Rocky' films (yes...all of them...). It was annoying. But he did shoot some lovely views.

View from apartment 1415 shot by Scottie Cameron
View from apartment 1504 shot by Scottie Cameron
View from apartment 716 shot by Scottie Cameron
"Yo... It's cold outside, Paulie." - Rocky in Rocky.
View from apartment 1415 shot by Scottie Cameron
View from apartment 1214 shot by Scottie Cameron
"Yo Adrian I did it" - Rocky in Rocky II.
View from apartment 1405 shot by Scottie Cameron
"Come on, Paulie, why don't you screw your head on right." - Rocky in Rocky III.
View from apartment 401 shot by Scottie Cameron
View from apartment 1002 shot by Scottie Cameron
View from apartment 1504 shot by Scottie Cameron
"Yeah, well, was ya ever punched in the face 500 times a night? It stings after a while, ya know." - Rocky in Rocky II.
View from apartment 303 shot by Scottie Cameron
View from apartment 809 shot by Scottie Cameron
"Now when we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man, the edge!" - Apollo Creed in Rocky III.

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